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Women’s Basketball Falls Short on Senior Day

Jesse Palomera, Contributing Writer

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Women’s basketball struggles continued as the Golden Eagles fell short Saturday afternoon 71-63 in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Conference play versus the Humboldt State Lumberjacks.

Cal State LA honored their three seniors: guard Christine Delapina, guard Kassie Kreuger and guard Chiderah Ozuworo.

Although the Golden Eagles were down by 20 points for most of the game, they only lost by 8 points. Cal State LA struggled defensively early on, leaving offensive players open and missing on key opportunities. The Golden Eagles trailed 43-25 at the half.

“When it comes down to differences, you need to be able to make plays and unfortunately we were unable to,” said Interim Head Coach Torrino Johnson.

The surge came mid-third quarter as they cut the lead to 12 after a three-point play by Krueger and a jump shot by junior guard Jolene Robinson. The Lumberjacks made a run of their own, closing out the third quarter 65-45.

The push would continue as Delapina carried the load, scoring a career high 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists on her final home game of a four-year career.

“It’s been special just being able to be a student-athlete and represent the school. It’s bittersweet and sad,” said Delapina.

Cal State LA would finish the fourth quarter strong and score the final 10 points, falling short 71-63. The Golden Eagles are out of playoff contention with a CCAA record of 6-15.

Delapina, Kreuger and Ozuworo will say farewell to their college careers on the road against the Stanislaus State Warriors on Thursday, Feb. 28, concluding the 2018-2019 season.

Delapina views their last game as an opportunity to “leave it all out there and have something to represent the all four years put together.”

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